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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What does gender dysphoria feel like?

Gender dysphoria expresses itself differently in different people, but there are some common traits. Do you wonder if you are experiencing dysphoria? This discussion contains excerpts from an official diagnocis too, link to a (not so official) online test as well as lots of personal experiences from people who are crossdreamers, crossdressers and/or transgender.

Read more on the Crossdream Life forums.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hooray for Androgyny!

IanBrianna raises an interesting point over at CDL: There must be other ways of approaching gender variance than necessarily and always going all the way and transition to ones target sex. Androgyny is another way of squaring the circle, so to speak.
"Georgene says 'Ian is androgynous'" my supervisor said one day, seeking to stir up trouble between me and a female fellow worker. "She's right!" I replied suddenly, and, surprised, he retired with a grimace.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ariadne asks crossdreamers about the autogynephilia theory

From Greek mythology: Ariadne by John Peter Russel

Over at CDL Ariadne, a member of Colour Youth, a youth LGBT activist group located in Athens,  asks crossdreamers and gender variant people some interesting questions about the autogynephilia theory and crossdreaming.

Among the questions asked:
  • When did you first hear about autogynaephilia?
  • Do you recall what were your initial feelings and thoughts on the theory?
  • What is your current opinion on autogynaephilia?
  • (For trans individuals) Has autogynaephilia ever been used to invalidate your transgenderism?
  • Do you consider yourself a crossdreamer? If so, what is it that you believe makes the label appropriate to describe yourself?
  • What were the earliest memories of crossdreaming you have had?
And members of the forum have provided some answers here (as can you, if relevant).

Friday, June 9, 2017

Are we programmed to male or female behavior?

A discussion about a documentary about the Japanese comic Boku Girl turns into a debate about what it means to be a man or a woman. Lost writes:

"I think my main contention with the video is that what they call Gender, I consider Gender expression. Gender, in my opinion, is a much more complicated concept in that it seems involve several different concepts from bodily anatomy, to neurology in gender identity, to cultural ideas of what is masculine/feminine to one's one personal opinion on what constitutes a man or woman."

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Songs about crossdreaming

As soon as you start searching, you will find that there are a lot of songs out there about crossdreaming and being gender variant, by names like Morrissey, Manic Street Preachers, Garbage, and Lou Reed.

Here is a nice selection, some with videos and/or lyrics.

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